Education: Why is it important and what can we do?
October 24, 2021
Education can mean many different things to different people. Education can be a fun, enjoyable experience to some and a frustrating, difficult experience to others. Regardless of how students feel about education, many are required to attend school for a significant portion of their lives. Education is incredibly important; in the correct setting with proper methods, education provides children with important life skills and general knowledge. Skills like algebra or physics can be regarded as pointless in an average individual’s daily life, but other skills like grammar, financial education, and basic arithmetic are critical in navigating the world around us. You may not think about it, but we use grammar when we speak or write emails, use financial education when filing taxes, and arithmetic when counting our change at the grocery store. There are real-life applications of these skills, so what happens to those who don’t receive this education? Children that do not receive proper education early on will have a harder time finding a job and having a stable life later on. There are children who do not receive a proper and inclusive education as it has been shown that “roughly one in five school-aged children are not in school at all” (“Education | UNICEF”). The cause for this differs for each family, but poverty and disability are two main reasons for this disparity.
On a more positive note, there are solutions to this problem. For instance, to combat the issue of poverty in certain neighborhoods, communities can rally funds, host drives, or start fundraisers. There are so many ways to get involved and contribute to a good cause. In fact, that’s one of our goals. In future months, you’ll see us, the team at Donate for Dreams, launch either a fundraiser or drive for similar purposes. As of right now, the team has not decided if it will be entirely education based, but even providing families with basic needs can help them attain and allot the appropriate resources for a child’s education.
Providing a more inclusive environment that accounts for and accommodates individuals with disabilities can expand education to a greater demographic as well. Schools, rather school districts, need the resources to enhance the learning environment for everyone. Whether that means making areas wheelchair accessible or having readily available interpreters for those hard of hearing, school districts have a long way to go in accommodations. Those are just two ideas of many to expand the reach of learning to as many children as possible. The first step in creating a more successful and knowledgeable society starts with providing children with basic education that starts with preschool.